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August 21
There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Slinga to Media & Arts at 5:53 AM - 5 answers

I will be traveling in Spain and Portugal next month. We will be staying in Paradors and other nice hotels. I would like to travel light, and not bring a suit jacket. Can I get away with slacks and collared shirts, or will I barred from some restaurants for dress code without a jacket? [more inside]
posted by Flood to Travel & Transportation at 5:46 AM - 3 answers

I need to replace the power cable for my rice cooker. The kitchen area of my apt is pretty small, and the cable was stupidly close to the stove and I burned a hole through the insulation. On the end of the cable that connects to the mains, it says 16a 250v while the end that plugs into the cooker says 10a 250v. The appliance itself is labeled as 10a 250v. [more inside]
posted by pugg to Technology at 12:29 AM - 7 answers

August 20
My 12-year-old cousin got a ridiculous word scramble problem at school today and my aunt and I have spent the past 4 hours trying to decode it. 40 letters, 9 words. Can the hive mind save the day? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace to Education at 6:55 PM - 21 answers

I want to lose ten to fifteen pounds. I was bulimic for five years. How do I accomplish the former without revisiting the latter? [more inside]
posted by apophenia to Health & Fitness at 5:58 PM - 17 answers

Trying to track down a logic...game? Puzzle program? Studying aid type thing. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk to Education at 5:53 PM - 5 answers

I'm a vegetarian who is trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, I never bothered to gain cooking skills so I don't really know what normal dieters do to feed themselves during the week. Recipe suggestions, por favor? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast to Food & Drink at 5:45 PM - 13 answers

I'd love to see more work by this photographer. I've tried what I think are likely google searches and have found nothing - maybe I'm using the wrong search terms, but if anyone knows or has suggestions, I'd be grateful! Photo here.
posted by blaneyphoto to Media & Arts at 5:41 PM - 5 answers

I'm in Calgary at the tail end of a Canadian Rockies visit, and my flight doesn't leave until 18:30 tomorrow. I would like to do only-in-Calgary stuff! [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas to Travel & Transportation at 3:50 PM - 11 answers

I'm the junior member of a 2-person legal team for a government agency. I routinely have to ask people wholly outside my chain of command to do things for me or, more rarely, correct work when it's not compliant with law/policy/practice. I've successfully won over the majority of the staff in my year with the agency, but one staff member is routinely argumentative with me. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mchorn to Work & Money at 3:36 PM - 30 answers

I hate bugs, and I have one that is in my space. Can the generous and awesome amateur (or professional) entomologists of MetaFilter help me identify it, and perhaps give me a general sense of how dangerous it might or might not be? [more inside]
posted by SMPA to Science & Nature at 3:14 PM - 15 answers

Daughter's optometrist is pushing behavioral optometry testing and treatment. It sounded legit when she was discussing it with me, but the handout is setting off alarm bells, and Googling it isn't any more reassuring. Does anybody have any experience with/knowledge of this type of testing and treatment? Is the optometrist pushing alternative medicine at me? [more inside]
posted by moira to Health & Fitness at 11:25 AM - 12 answers

I am making a transition from an Excel-based reporting analyst to a database-oriented role in which SQL will be the primary necessary skill. I have next to zero database experience. I'm looking for resources that would be effective at teaching me what I need to learn. More within… [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 to Technology at 9:06 AM - 14 answers

I'm the only copywriter at a mid-sized advertising agency. We just landed a huge job that's going to require a lot of work on my end. Here's the problem: I'm agnostic, and religion (namely Christianity) makes me really cranky and frothy. The client is a faith-based company that makes things (I don't want to say what) for churches. How can I make it through unscathed? [more inside]
posted by shiggins to Work & Money at 8:35 AM - 46 answers

According to glassdoor I am really well paid for my title and company. I'm pretty sure I am either underpaid or average, based on what I have heard from recruiters and my management. What is your experience? Does glassdoor seem to skew low? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms to Work & Money at 4:52 AM - 8 answers

August 19
I live and work in China, and for the past few years have been struggling with some personal issues. So far I've been soldiering through, but I'm just about ready to go talk to a doctor/psychiatrist about whether or not I should try a course of antidepressants. [more inside]
posted by duoshao to Travel & Transportation at 7:21 PM - 1 answers

I want to hire a WordPress Pro to fix up my lame looking site. Does this have to entail me giving that Pro my admin password? This scares me. Should this not scare me? Is there another way? [more inside]
posted by gravitypanda to Computers & Internet at 7:07 PM - 15 answers

Turning 27 - help me make the best of it. [more inside]
posted by tackypink to Grab Bag at 1:40 PM - 30 answers

I get seed packets that (usually) give a germination rate. How do I calculate how many seeds to plant to give me a 'y' probability of getting 'z' seeds to germinate? [more inside]
posted by sevenless to Science & Nature at 11:10 AM - 8 answers

I would like to register copyright for four works to fulfill a funding agency administrative requirement. They do not require that the registration be done in any particular country. I am registering solely to fulfill this requirement so I would like to do it in the simplest and cheapest way possible. Unless registering somewhere will somehow abridge my rights in an irrevocable way, I do not care about the legal aspects, only that registration is done by 15 September, if possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse to Law & Government at 10:42 AM - 10 answers

There's a municipal election coming up, and a friend of mine is hoping to develop a Web site that allows users to cycle through key questions (e.g. "Do you think the city should allow a casino to be built downtown?" "Do you support the closure of the Simpson History Museum?") and see the positions of various candidates, grouped by electoral district. Can you think of a Web site that does such a thing? Bonus points if it's created by a group that might be willing to share their infrastructure. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet at 10:38 AM - 6 answers

My husband and I have realized that our ideal form of travel is to get an apartment in another city for a week or two and spend the entire time walking around the city, eating, and visiting museums. What are the best cities in the world we can do this in where we can also get around speaking English, Spanish, or German? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew to Travel & Transportation at 10:31 AM - 68 answers

Looking for games and activities for a weekend away at a country house. [more inside]
posted by greytape to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:15 AM - 21 answers

I removed this railing to move a big piece of furniture up the stairs. I'm having trouble re-installing it. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine to Home & Garden at 7:30 AM - 7 answers

I (24yo F) live independently here in DC and have a good life. I have a great full-time job that pays pretty well for someone my age, go to grad school part time, and have a happy social life. I have an excellent relationship with my parents, but I need to talk to them about how my special needs sibling (21yo M) affects my life in the present and the future. I get along very well with my parents, but I'm not sure how to broach this topic in a way that is productive and respectful. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl to Human Relations at 7:19 AM - 24 answers

How can I lay the foundation for a very intential, awesome graduate experience a few years ahead of time? (I'm a hopeless planner.) [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh to Education at 6:44 AM - 9 answers

How does (or how might) Danielle Trofe's falling-sand-powered lights work? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults to Science & Nature at 5:50 AM - 15 answers

A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
posted by kinetic to Computers & Internet at 3:48 AM - 7 answers

August 18
Can you help me identify this larva? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by nzero to Pets & Animals at 8:31 PM - 2 answers

I stay at the same large corporate hotel that is part of a large national chain every week. Every other week or so, I find hair(s) in my stack of clean towels (in different rooms, on different floors). These hairs do not match my hair length and color. Is it worth it to complain to housekeeping? I question if my complaint will make a difference since the hotel is so large. What is the best way to raise this so that my issue is heard and acted upon?
posted by seesom to Travel & Transportation at 5:08 PM - 5 answers

A coworker's ex-husband's installed the iPad [Mini, though I doubt it matters] version of Grand Theft Auto (I'm not really sure where it fits in the saga) for their 6-year-old son. I'm looking for an age-appropriate alternative. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt to Computers & Internet at 4:08 PM - 4 answers

What are the current regulations for or against the use of less-than-10hp two stroke boat motors in British Columbia? Is their use currently permitted? [more inside]
posted by mosk to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:37 PM - 5 answers

Has there ever been an American case in which a claim of proscribed use of the military (third amendment, posse comitatus, etc) was pressed in response to an action not carried out by one of the branches answerable to DoD/the National Guard? If so, was the military status of the alleged bad actor treated as a question of law or a question of fact?
posted by PMdixon to Law & Government at 1:36 PM - 4 answers

I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness at 1:25 PM - 29 answers

My housemates and I interviewed several people yesterday for a new roommate. We chose the person whose move-in schedule logistically worked best. However, we got along with all of the interviewees surprisingly well; each one stayed and chatted for at least an hour. I especially got along with two people, and I'd like to contact them again to see if they want to get together as friends, or - especially one of them - as a date. How inappropriate is this? Would you feel flattered or stalked if someone who didn't choose you as a roommate asked you out? [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier to Human Relations at 12:49 PM - 24 answers

When moving this weekend, I broke my dresser (sad trombone). I tried to take the drawers out to make them easier to move, but they have these little brackets with ball bearings in them that are lubricated and make the drawer slide in the track. I tried poking around online but I can't figure out where to get new ones… or even what I'm looking for is called. [more inside]
posted by araisingirl to Home & Garden at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

I'm applying to a job with a company who I interviewed with last year, but I ended up removing myself from consideration to stay with my current company. Do I address this in my cover letter? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Health & Fitness at 9:30 AM - 5 answers

I wear buttoned-down, collar shirts everyday, for work and for leisure. The last couple of seasons I had tons and tons of options in stores like Old Navy and H&M as a rather small woman, but the shelves this season signals that shirts are no longer in. Where can I look for affordable but stylish shirts? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:34 AM - 11 answers

I'm teaching one of my favorite classes again this semester -- Forensic psych. Most of it is prepped from previous semesters, but with the recent events in Ferguson, I wanted to add in a day at the beginning dealing with police & policing, race, media effects, and so on. [more inside]
posted by bizzyb to Education at 7:17 AM - 3 answers

I've got an appointment with my local radiology unit this morning for a couple of barium related tests. Any recommendations on making the suspension more bearable? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt to Health & Fitness at 6:38 AM - 10 answers